Fat-bike chum and Big Bridge welder, Puck, was looking for an inexpensive way to slap a couple of fat-bikes on the back of his ridiculously tall Jeep Cherokee.
A trip to the local Harbor freight found Dave in possession of this Haul-Master (Item#69858) 500 Lb. ATV Cargo Carrier. At an affordable $42.99, this version is a good starting platform for a fat-bike rack hack!
The unit does require some assembly and, as you can see here if you look closely, Dave assembled it upside down to give him the platform size he wanted. This photo also shows the adjustable axle bolt that can convert from a 135mm fat-bike fork to a 100mm std MTB fork just in case.
The fork mount was simply welded from scrap steel and some bolts that were welded together to clamp around the Cargo Carrier.
While a simple strap holds the rear wheel fast.
Whaalaa… a simple, effective rack for about $60 bucks and a bit of time with the welder.
Note that this rack was modified from what the manufacturer intended but several months later, and trips all over Wisconsin and Iowa, it is still doing the job. If you go ahead and do a similar mod to your rack of choice and it fails don’t come crying to us!